Super Slide, Royal Arches Area 5.9

   
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Yosemite Valley, California USA

  • Currently 3.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 3-5 hours
Approach time: 10 minutes
Descent time: 1 hour
Number of pitches: 5
Height of route: 500'
Overview
Super Slide ascends mostly well-protected and sustained 5.7 to 5.8 hand cracks. After a few wandering approach pitches, the bulk of the route follows tasty crack systems in an excellent exposed position. The moves are consistently fun with an exceptional finishing crack. This is a good introduction to 5.9 multi-pitch climbs. You can pull through all cruxes on gear except on the second pitch.
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History
FA: Gene Drake and Rex Spaith, 1971.

Strategy
Most climbers rope up for the standard 5.2 start. For more climbing, start on Trial By Fire (5.8) followed by two pitches of wandering and mungy 4th and moderate 5th class with bolted belays.

The only poorly protected part of the climb comes on the second pitch. At the top of this pitch, manage the rope carefully or you may drop rocks on your belayer.
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Royal Arches Area - Super Slide 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click to Enlarge
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